I’m also a formed Sponsored Child of World Vision & participating this kind of activity means a lot to me. YOU can be a blessing to our less fortunate yet deserving Pinoy kids to receive a school supplies for this school year for just 500.00.
I remember every time the school year started during my elementary days, I always felt jealous to my classmates who had their new school uniform & school supplies. This was the usual scenario every year until World Vision came to our community. In the year 2002, I & my younger sister became a Sponsored Child of good-hearted people from Australia. Since then, big changes happened to us & I had a lot of memorable experiences brought about by their sponsorship through World Vision:
EDUCATION - miscellaneous fees were no longer a problem for my parents because World Vision paid for it with the support of my sponsors who are an Australian couple. Moreover, we received school supplies & school uniform every year before the school year started. World Vision also supported me financially when I was in high school as I represented our school as SSG President during the Mindanao Student Leaders Congress in Butuan City.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH – since World Vision is a Christian organization, we had regular Bible studies together with the other sponsored kids. We learned a lot about the Lord, how to pray and how to read the bible properly.
DEVELOPED TALENTS – to hone our talents, SARIMBANOG which means Sayaw (dance), Arte (acting) at Tunog (music) was organized by Surigao Norte People’s Initiative Development Association (SNPIDA) - World Vision for those who passed the auditions in singing, acting, dancing & playing any musical instruments. We were trained by professional directors, after which we were sent to perform at different municipalities in the province of Surigao del Norte during summer time in the year 2007 to showcase our talents.
CHILDREN’S CONGRESS – There were Barangay Children’s Association (BCA) in every community and they were sending selected students (particularly the officers) to attend the Children’s Congress. Back then, more than 50 children-leaders from different communities came to join the said event every year. I was one of those who were regularly sent to that event. Topics & activities were about saving mother earth, leadership, events planning & organizing.
MEDICAL OPERATION – World Vision organized medical activities for all the sponsored kids. They brought medical professionals in our community such as Doctors and Dentists to conduct check-ups, consultations & dental operations for free.
RECOGNITION – for the sponsored kids who graduated and who finished the school year with honors, the foundation gave a personalized medal which is given during the school’s closing program.
CHRISTMAS PARTY – every December, we had Christmas party & we always enjoyed it because we received gifts & Noche Buena package from our sponsors & from World Vision. We usually attend the program together with our parents.
As of this time, I am working as a VAT Refund Officer in Dubai & I have established an advocacy for our local community called “BAYANihan Back to School Project” which I started August 31, 2016. For this Academic Year 2019-2020, we have 50 Secondary Scholars from individual sponsors coming from my friends in UAE, Italy, Korea & home country - Philippines. My vision for the program is to provide access to education for underprivileged yet deserving children, to develop the kids’ potential for a brighter future, and to help the children to be closer to God. As their benefit, we paid the full amount of kid’s school fees & provide school supplies.
By this, I would like to invite you as well to support the Child Sponsorship Program of World Vision Philippines. Let's help another to give hope & support children who have dreams.